Gramps 3.0 Wiki Manual - Getting Started

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In this chapter, we'll begin with the basics. We'll show you how to start GRAMPS and how to get help when you need it.

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You can start GRAMPS in the following ways:

  • From the Applications menu

Select GRAMPS from the list of programs displayed in your computer's Applications menu. (The location and appearance of this menu vary slightly from one distribution of Linux to another. On the default GNOME desktop, you'll find GRAMPS in the Applications ->Other menu.

  • From the command line

If you're adept with Linux and like to work from the command line, you can start GRAMPS by calling up a terminal window, typing


and then pressing Enter .

If you would like GRAMPS to open a specific database or to import a specific file on startup, you can supply the filename as a command line argument:

gramps filename.grdb

where filename.grdb is the name of the file you want to open. The command line provides many more ways to start GRAMPS and perform different tasks.

Choosing a database

If GRAMPS is started without a database selected, the initial screen will have little functionality. Most operations will not be available. To load a database, select either New to create a new database, or Open to open an existing database. GRAMPS keeps track of your recently opened databases,

Fig.1.1 Initial window

and these can be selected by clicking on the arrow next to the Open button and choosing from the drop down menu.

Obtaining Help

GRAMPS has a Help menu that you can consult at any time. It includes the following items:

  • User manual: An electronic version of the manual that you can access while you work in GRAMPS.
  • FAQ: A list of Frequently Asked Questions about GRAMPS.
  • Tip of the day: Displays the "Tip of the day" dialog.
  • Plugin status: Use this item to display the status of any plugins you may have added.
  • GRAMPS home page: This item opens your web browser and connects to the GRAMPS' project web site.
  • GRAMPS mailing lists: This item opens your web browser to the GRAMPS mailing list page. At this page, you can browse the mailing list archives or join the mailing list
  • Report a bug: Choose this item to file a bug report in our bug tracking system. (Remember, GRAMPS is a living project. We want to know about any problems you encounter so we can work to solve them for everyone's benefit.)
  • About: This item displays a dialog with general information about the GRAMPS version you are running.

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